Command Line Argument Retrieval

ARGS is a C program which demonstrates the retrieval of command line arguments.

This shows how a program can count and retrieve the individual command line arguments with which it was invoked. Thus, if our executable is called fu and we invoke it with the command

        fu man chu
then our argument counter will return the value 3, and the arguments, indexed by 0, 1 or 2, will return the values fu, man or chu.


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


ARGS is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version and a Python version.

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Last revised on 26 April 2007.